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LATEST: Women's Community $1 million short of goal

by Colby Robertson

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- After a two year capital campaign for a new facility the Women's Community is still $1 million short. The $4 million project is shovel ready, but on hold until at least 90% of the funds are raised.

Executive Director Jane Graham Jennings says, "We're this close we need your help. We need everyone's help."

A last ditch plea to the community. Graham Jennings asking for help so the Women's Community can reach it's $4 million goal and break ground on this new state of the art facility as soon as possible.

Graham Jennings says, "We need everyone. We thank everyone who has supported to date and we need everyone else. We can reach this goal, we can do this as a community, is a community endeavor."

This is the current Women's Community. Eight rooms, one co-ed bathroom shared by 28 people. The building will house 40 people and have ten rooms, each with its own bathroom.

It's a project these Women's Community leaders have worked hard on for two years. A hope and a dream they hope will be a reality sooner rather than later.

Capital Fundraising Campaign co-chair Brian Gumness says, "We've gone through some hurdles. We've had to establish a location, which set us back, we've had the economic downturn that everybody experiences and has been experiencing that has affected this campaign, but we are continuing to stride, we see donations come in daily."

$1 million away from that goal, but every dollar appreciated as they get closer to breaking ground. It's a goal that Graham Jennings is confident they can reach.

Graham Jennings says, "We absolutely believe this community will meet the challenge. We do know it's a challenge and we recognize the times are tough and that's tough for everyone, but we really believe this can happen. We wouldn't be here today if we didn't think that to be true."

Women's Community leaders did apply for a grant but recently found out they were turned down because the foundation switched their focus. That's why they felt they had to come back to the community one last time.

Once they do break ground, it will be about eight months before the new building is ready. It's located on 32nd and Hilltop on Wausau's west side.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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